Monaco Outlasts Isner for ATP Houston Title
No. 4-seeded wildcard Juan Monaco of Argentina upset No. 2 seed John Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday to win the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, his second clay title of the season after Vina Del Mar, Chile.
Isner looked slow out of the gate and dropped serve twice in the first set before working his way into the match. Isner dropped to 0-2 in finals in 2012.
“The first set, I played really well, and then he came back in the second set,” Monaco said. “In the final set, it was a battle. We fought until the last point. I served pretty well in the last game, so I’m happy for that.”
Andujar Repeats in ATP Casablanca Final Over Ramos
No. 3 seed Pablo Andujar was the unlikely winner in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablaca, successfully defending his title from last year with a 6-1, 7-6(5) win over Albert Ramos. Both of Andujar’s career title have come in Casablanca.
“I didn’t think that I could win here twice in a row,” Andujar said. “It was difficult with the three rain delays.”
The 26-year-old Andujar is now 2-3 in career finals, all on clay. It was Ramos’ first career final.
Errani Sweeps Singles and Doubles Titles at WTA Barcelona
Italian Sara Errani swept both the singles and doubles titles at the WTA stop in Barcelona, in the singles final downing Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2.
“Claycourts are probably better for me than for Cibulkova,” Errani said. “She hits very hard and is very fast, but while she can hit two winners in a row, she can also hit consecutive errors — knowing that I knew I had to keep up with her pace, keep the ball deep and be very solid, but also stay aggressive.”
Errani and Roberta Vinci won the doubles title, rolling over Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone in an all-Italian final 6-0, 6-2. Errani also won the singles and doubles earlier this year in Acapulco. Cibulkova fell to 1-4 in career finals.
Kerber Tops Wozniacki to Roll to WTA Copenhagen Crown
German Angelique Kerber stopped former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki from a third straight WTA Copenhagen title on Sunday, defeating the Dane 6-4, 6-4 for the title. In the semifinals Kerber beat another former No. 1, steamrolling Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1.
“I felt like I had nothing to lose,” Kerber said. “If I lost the match, it’s okay against her. It made me take more chances and I’m glad it worked out.”
It was the second career title for Kerber who has won four of her last five matches versus Top 10 players. Wozniacki dropped to 18-11 in career WTA finals. “You lose matches sometimes, and today was one of those times,” Wozniacki said. “There’s a new match and new tournament coming, so you go on.”
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